PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to register with the program staff at our desk. You'll receive your arrival packet containing the most up-to-date schedule and program information that we'll review during our orientation session at 5:00 pm. Dinner will follow orientation at 6:00 pm.
Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of any changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding!Dinner: Dinner is at the hotel.Evening: ORIENTATION: You'll have an informative overview of the program to come plus an opportunity to meet the program staff and your fellow participants during an introductory get-acquainted session. We will review the updated schedule, answer any questions you may have, and cover responsibilities, safety guidelines, and emergency procedures. (If you arrive late, please pick up your packet at the hotel front desk.) The remainder of the evening is yours to begin getting to know one another, walk around the neighborhood, or relax in the hotel.
You are about to embark on a very special learning adventure, seeing first hand how history lives on in the present, from stately homes in historic Charleston to extraordinary Lowcountry plantations. Charleston is and always has been a place of spectacular contradictions. Known as the Holy City because of its many houses of worship, this was one of the few cities in colonial America to protect religious diversity. Yet it was also part of an ante-bellum society that benefited from slavery and became wealthy as a result. You will have opportunities to ponder these contradictions as we explore and learn about magnificent dwellings, often adorned with graceful gardens, and the lives of the people who lived and worked there.
Lodging: Holiday Inn Riverview HotelMeals Included: Dinner
The Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation, South Carolina's only statewide partner with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, awarded Magnolia Plantation the 2010 Heritage Award for their interpretive program at the slave cabins. Magnolia Plantation also won the 2009 preservation award last year for restoration and preservation of the cabins.Dinner: Dinner will be at the hotel.Evening: PRESENTATION: Learn about Charleston's Sweetgrass Baskets and see a demonstration. Brought to the area by slaves who came from the west coast of Africa, basket making is an ancient African art form in this country, which has been passed on from generation to generation. Skilled craftsmanship and long hours are involved in making these baskets. Even for the most experienced basket maker, a simple design can take as long as 12 hours. A larger more complex design can take as long as two to three months. Learn the art of sweetgrass basket making and the history of Gullah sweetgrass baskets.Lodging: Holiday Inn Riverview HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Dinner: Dinner is on your own to try out the restaurants and cuisines of your choice. There are numerous options and we will prepare a list of suggestions. It is your night to enjoy. (This meal has been excluded from the program cost.)Evening: Experience the unique sounds that define Charleston's rich musical heritage
(gospel, Gershwin, music of the Civil War, light classics, & jazz) all presented by
professional artists in a live, unforgettable 75-minute concert in historic Circular
Congregational Church, in the heart of the Historic District.Lodging: Holiday Inn Riverview HotelMeals Included: Breakfast